After Brodric Martin propelled a running back to the ground, it became clear the Western Kentucky defensive lineman was about to disrupt the opposing offense’s play.
The Hilltoppers were playing against UAB in a clash of Group of Five teams last season, and the Blazers had the ball at their own 40-yard line on second and 1. Martin was lined up at defensive tackle, and when he jumped out of his stance and began moving to his right, the guard slid that way.
Martin reacted, changing directions and finding a clear path to the quarterback. He not only wanted a sack, he dislodged the ball for a fumble that would set his team’s offense up with favorable field position.
Martin has a knack for impeding the progress of his opponents.
What Team Drafted Brodric Martin?
Brodric Martin was drafted by Detroit in the third round with the 96th overall pick.
Brodric Martin Stats and Highlights
Martin recorded 31 tackles with 1.5 sacks to go with seven quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, and a forced fumble while starting all 14 games as a senior last season. This earned him a place on the All-Conference USA honorable mention list.
In 14 appearances in 2021, Martin chipped in 31 tackles, 4.5 TFLs and 2.5 sacks. Before that, he played 25 games with 16 starts at North Alabama. He totaled 81 tackles, 37 solo tackles, nine TFLs, four pass breakups, and two sacks during his time there.
He also earned an East-West Shrine Bowl nod, where he had two tackles and a fumble recovery.
Brodric Martin Draft Profile
Martin is not moved off the line of scrimmage easily. That will be the first element of his game that NFL teams consider if they want to draft him.
Martin could be the centerpiece for any defense that prioritizes stopping the run. At 6-foot-5, 330 pounds, he uses his long arms to his advantage. This helps him maintain control at the point of attack.
Martin is also incredibly powerful. During one play against Indiana, for example, he drove back two offensive linemen who were trying to double team him.
Pass rushing likely won’t be his strength, as he relies on his bull rush move too often. However, he does have an explosive first step for his size, so perhaps he develops in that area of the game.
But if an NFL team is looking for a defensive tackle who will overwhelm opponents and clog up rushing lanes, Martin would be a good selection.